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ERIC Number: EJ931546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Analysing Collisions Using Minkowski Diagrams in Momentum Space
Bokor, Nandor
European Journal of Physics, v32 n3 p773-782 May 2011
Momentum space and Minkowski diagrams are powerful tools for interpreting and analysing relativistic collisions in one or two spatial dimensions. All relevant quantities that characterize a collision, including the mass, velocity, momentum and energy of the interacting particles, both before and after collision, can be directly seen from a single Minkowski diagram. Such diagrams can also be useful for analysing the differences between Newtonian and relativistic mechanics. As an interesting example, a simple derivation of the Compton wavelength shift formula, based on the geometrical properties of such momentum space diagrams, is also presented. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Language: English
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